Andre Ayew ‘travelling to UK for Everton talks after receiving £2.5m golden handshake – but transfer is 50/50’
ANDRE AYEW is reportedly set to fly to the UK within the next 24 hours ahead of a potential move to Everton.
The former Swansea and West Ham forward, 33, was under contract at Qatari club Al Sadd after agreeing a two-year deal in July 2021.
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And he was five games away from triggering a 12-month extension, but the two parties have now reached a compromise to pay him the remainder of his existing contract.
That means Ayew will pocket £2.5m in a “golden handshake” agreement and be free to explore a potential return to European football.
Now a free agent, The Mail are reporting that he will land in the UK within the next day.
Everton are keen to tie him down on a loan deal until the end of the season.
It comes after a nightmare transfer window saw the Toffees miss out on a host of forward options.
They included Arnaut Danjuma, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Ismaila Sarr, Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta.
They also missed out on Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher after having a £45million offer rejected.
Everton chiefs are understood to have held preliminary conversations with Ayew over a possible deal as they look to back new manager Sean Dyche.
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But the Merseyside club are not the only British side being linked with the forward.
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper coached Ayew for two years at Swansea and could yet attempt to swoop in and take him to the City Ground.
Ayew, whose brother Jordan plays for Crystal Palace, scored nine goals in 55 Premier League games during his stints at West Ham and Swansea.
He has also racked up 113 caps for Ghana, scoring 24 goals including one at the Qatar World Cup.
A deal with Everton is said to be 50/50 at this moment in time as the Toffees try to bolster their squad ahead of a relegation battle.
They sit 19th in the league table after just three wins from 20 games.
Dyche’s first match in charge comes at home to high-flying Arsenal on Sunday.